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2.5 linear feet ((6 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
The Ellis Gray Loring Collection covers the period from 1809-1942.
Series I. Family correspondence and business records of Ellis Gray Loring. 1809-1881. The records kept by Loring prior to his death May 24, 1858. They include a large amount of real estate records as well as records of wills, trusts, acts of incorporation, mortgages, loans, taxes, suits and promisory notes, and, lists of profits, rents, and personal property. The papers are arranged alphabetically within the series and chronologically within each folder.
Series II. Estate papers of Ellis Gray Loring and Louisa Loring, 1853-1890. As the business and legal papers of Loring's estate, the records are largely vouchers, receipts and cancelled checks. There are also records of real estate transactions, suits, and various miscellaneous legal papers. The papers are arranged according to individual, type of record, and chronologically.
Series III. Scrapbooks, diaries and photographs of the Loring and Dresel families. 1821-1942. 36 volumes. Arranged chronologically.
Among the correspondents are: Ellis Gray Loring, 1803-1858, Louisa Loring, 1797-1868, Anna Loring Dresel, 1830-1896, Louisa Loring Dresel, 1864-1958, Lydia Maria Child, 1802-1880, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, 1822-1907, and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, 1804-1894.
(The following quotations are from the Loring Genealogy, Pope and Loring; Cambridge, 1917).
"He entered Harvard College in 1819 - but was not graduated, though a member of the Hasty Pudding Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The following extract from the College faculty explains this matter: 'June 27, 1824. Loring who left college in May, 1823, at a time a large part of the class was dismissed for resistance of college authority, applies for his degree. - Voted, that Loring's request be not granted, as the Govt. cannot make any distinction between his case and that portion of his class who were dismissed in May, 1823."
"He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1827. He was Counsellor-at-law, master in chancery, and solicitor for the Western Railroad Company. Was one of the early `abolitionists.'"
Loring was an organizer of the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1831. He financed the continuation of William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator and supported gradual abolition of slavery. In 1836, in the court case, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. Thomas Aves Loring established the principle that a slave having been brought into Massachusetts could not be taken out of the State against his will. Loring died May 24, 1858.
The Lorings had one child, Anna, who was born November 10, 1830. "To her Lydia Maria Child dedicated her book, Fact and Fiction. She married October 29, 1863, Otto Dresel pianist and composer, born at Geisenheim on the Rhine, December 22, 1826, died Beverly, (Massachusetts) July 26, 1890. She was Vice president of the Sanitary Commission of Boston during the Civil War, president of the Vincent Hospital. She died in 1896."
Anna Loring Dresel had two children: Louisa Loring Dresel, 1864-1958 and Ellis Loring Dresel, 1865-1925. Ellis Loring Dresel attended Harvard (A.B. 1887, L.L.B. 1892) and was a lawyer in Boston in the firm of Goodwin, Dresel, and Parker. He was attached to the United States Embassy in Berlin in 1915, and was assigned to the Embassy in Vienna and later to the Legation at Berne. His most recent work was with American prisoners of war.
- Series I. Family correspondence and business records of Ellis Gray Loring. 1809-1881.
- Series II. Estate papers of Ellis Gray Loring and Louisa Loring, 1853-1890.
- Series III. Scrapbooks, diaries and photographs of the Loring and Dresel families. 1821-1942.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Ellis Gray Loring were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in August 1969 by Mrs. F. Stanton Cawley.
- Box 1: Folders 1-21, Vol. 1.
- Box 2: Folders 22-48
- Box 3: Folders 49-87
- Box 4: Vols. 2-14.
- Box 5: Folder 90, Vols. 15-22.
- Box 6: Vols. 23-37.
- Account books
- Antislavery movements
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century
- Europe--Description and travel
- Family records
- Fugitive slaves--Massachusetts
- Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
- Germany--Social life and customs
- Insurance policies
- New England--Description and travel
- Voyages and travels
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1939-1945
- Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858. Papers of Ellis Gray Loring, 1809-1942: A Finding Aid.
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